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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 27 November 2008

Question Time

General

1. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were reported between 31 March 2007 and 1 April 2008 for (a) entering licensed premises while drunk and (b) being drunk on licensed premises. (S3O-4957)

2. Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of Strathclyde Police. (S3O-5008)

3. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve rail services for passengers to and from Fife, from both the north and south. (S3O-4986)

4. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards the proposed reopening of the Leven to Thornton rail link. (S3O-5022)

5. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to extend the national concessionary fares scheme and to which groups. (S3O-5017)

6. Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met NHS Tayside to discuss health provision for Perthshire. (S3O-5049)

7. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to the regeneration and economic development of southern Ayrshire. (S3O-4952)

8. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of aviation growth is compatible with its target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. (S3O-4961)

9. Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to support improvement in the health and quality of cattle in the Highlands and Islands. (S3O-5000)

10. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the measures announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s pre-Budget report will have on the level of funding through the Scottish block grant in the current and future financial years. (S3O-5027)

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support science education. (S3O-4962)

2. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on ensuring that newly qualified teachers are able to find full-time employment when their probation years are complete. (S3O-4998)

3. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what support and funding it is providing to small businesses to assist them in training their staff. (S3O-5001)

4. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met officials from Scottish Borders Council’s education department. (S3O-4956)

5. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives are taking place to reduce bullying in the school environment. (S3O-5033)

6. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for early years education. (S3O-5004)

7. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made towards granting university title to the University of the Highlands and Islands, given that it now has the ability to award its own taught degrees. (S3O-5018)

8. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from Dumfries and Galloway Council with regard to pressures on its education budget. (S3O-4997)

9. Not Lodged

10. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with local authorities on the use of biometric fingerprinting in schools. (S3O-5028)

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what allocation is made to the Indian subcontinent from its international development budget. (S3O-4994)

2. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to secure the future of the Scottish Mining Museum in Newtongrange. (S3O-4970)

3. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture has to visit the headquarters of the Department for International Development in East Kilbride. (S3O-4977)

4. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether is considers that Scotland’s culture is enhanced by a viable local newspaper sector. (S3O-5034)

5. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are in respect of Europe and external affairs. (S3O-4971)

6. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it can offer to groups trying to strengthen partnerships between communities in Scotland and Malawi by bringing small groups of Malawians to Scotland or vice versa. (S3O-5037)

7. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for culture. (S3O-4976)

8. Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that, in its international development work, it should use its influence through all channels available to it to promote democracy and human rights. (S3O-5032)

9. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to extend the cultural pathfinder programme to the North Lanarkshire Council area. (S3O-4973)

10. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on progress in relation to the creation of Creative Scotland. (S3O-4955)

Members Selected for General and Themed Question Times on 4 December 2008

The following members have been randomly selected for General and Themed Question Times for the above date. The deadline for lodging the text of questions is 12 noon on Wednesday 26 November 2008. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day.

General

1. Sarah Boyack

2. Paul Martin

3. John Farquhar Munro

4. Irene Oldfather

5. Gil Paterson

6. Keith Brown

7. John Scott

8. David McLetchie

9. Mike Pringle

10. Derek Brownlee

Health and Wellbeing

1. Marilyn Livingstone

2. Nanette Milne

3. Duncan McNeil

4. Elizabeth Smith

5. Pauline McNeill

6. Jamie Stone

7. Bill Wilson

8. Ms Wendy Alexander

9. Liam McArthur

10. Ross Finnie

11. Ken Macintosh

12. Alasdair Morgan

13. Peter Peacock

14. Alex Johnstone

15. Cathy Peattie

16. Hugh O’Donnell

17. Claire Baker

18. Nicol Stephen

19. Andy Kerr

20. Tom McCabe

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